Friday, 24 October 2014

Nigerian Senate Passed cyber crime bill, Cyber Fraudsters To Bag 7 Years Imprisonment

Following incessant online crimes in Nigeria, the Senate yesterday passed the Cyber Crime bill which stipulates a seven-year jail term for anyone found guilty of cyber crimes or internet fraud.

The bill titled “A Bill for an Act to Provide for the Prohibition, Prevention, Detection, Response, Investigation and Prosecution of Cybercrimes, seeks to punish interception of data, system interference and misuse of devices.

Wednesday, 10 September 2014

Belarus to partner Nigeria against insurgency

THE Republic of Belarus yesterday indicated its interest to support Nigeria in the fight against Boko Haram insurgents.

  Foreign Minister of the Belarus, Dr. Vladimir Makei, stated this during a visit to his Nigerian counterpart, Ambassador Aminu Wali, in Abuja.

  He said the country was aware of the ongoing war against terrorism and will not hesitate to engage in military and technical cooperation.

  “I can assure you that we are ready to partner with Nigeria in fields of military and technical cooperation because there are lots of common problems in the international agenda. Only one country cannot overcome this problem. So this is the field we can cooperate and where we cooperate successfully. We are ready to provide necessary armoury to other countries, including Nigeria. We are ready to train your soldiers in fight against terrorism and to train your soldiers at our military academy,” he said.

  Wali said there was the need for a united effort to fight insurgency in the country, adding that all arrangements were on to open an embassy in the Belarus with a view to strengthening bilateral relationship.

Tuesday, 9 September 2014

NFF presidential tussle ‘over’ as Giwa steps aside

 Nigeria look to have avoided an international ban as a row over the leadership of its football federation seems to have ended.
Chris Giwa looks to have given up his claim to be Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) president in a move that coincides with a deadline set by Fifa.

The ultimatum was set last week for him to step aside or face a Fifa ban.
A suspension could have led to Nigeria missing Wednesday’s Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in South Africa.
The Confederation of African Football said last week that the Super Eagles would be kicked out of the 2015 qualifying campaign should they fail to play the fixture.
“It has been a difficult time for our football but everything is over now,” Musa Amadu told BBC Sport.(Vanguard)

2015 Nations cup: Keshi must brace up for war – Bafana coach

Bafana Bafana head coach Ephraim ‘Shakes’ Mashaba has warned Nigeria boss Stephen Keshi that he must ‘brace himself for war’ ahead of their clash in Cape Town  on Wednesday.
South Africa welcome the Super Eagles to the Cape Town Stadium in the second round of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers in midweek.
The Group A clash will see a confident Bafana take
  on nemesis Nigeria, who are wounded by their 3-2 opening weekend defeat to Congo-Brazzaville in Calabar.

South Africa, mean while, are brimming with confidence following their 3-0 win in Khartoum  on Friday, but will face a different challenge all together when the Eagles land on South African soil.
Keshi’s men famously won the 2013 African Cup of Nations in South Africa while the West Africans trounced Bafana 3-1 in the 2014 CHAN tournament at the very stadium where the two rivals will meet  on Wednesday.
“This Nigeria team has been giving us nightmares, but we will fight in every game,” said Mashaba.
“When two Elephants meet, it is grass that suffers. Watch out, brace yourself for war that day [when Mashaba meets Keshi], because, like I have indicated earlier on, they [Nigeria], have given us sleepless nights.”
Mashaba, who took over from Gordon Igesund in July, feels a win  on Wednesday  would change a lot of things football in South Africa for the better.
“This is one time they must brace themselves for war up to the fullest, it won’t be an easy walk in the park for both teams, but what we are looking for is to come out victorious and that win will change a lot of things in our football, both in administration, media wise, any structure that you talk about,” Mashaba added.
“We win that game [and] things will change for the better.”

Amadu writes FIFA on update on NFA crisis

  Abuja - The Secretary-General of the Nigeria Football Association (NFA), Musa Amadu, has written the world football governing body (FIFA) intimating it of the latest development in the country’s football house.
Amadu told newsmen in Abuja after close of work on Monday that the letter was to inform FIFA that he and few others returned to office and worked in the football secretariat unhindered.

FIFA had on Sept. 3 threatened to suspend Nigeria from football after it declared as illegal the Aug. 26 election that produced, Chris Giwa, as NFA Chairman.
FIFA had subsequently directed that the Aminu Maigari-led NFA board be returned to office to supervise a fresh election into the NFA board.
It also directed that the Maigari-led group return to office on Monday to perform their duties unhindered.
“I can confirm to you that I did write a letter just now to FIFA which I copied CAF informing them about the event of today.
“The development is in line with FIFA directives that we be allowed to come to the secretariat and do our work unhindered.
“Also those persons claiming to be elected did not come to the office just to allow us to do our work and I think at the end of the day reason has prevailed.
“This is because the crisis is inimical to the development of football for a big country like Nigeria which is a powerhouse in African football.
“I believe that the event of today will be cemented and peace will return to the Nigeria football,’’ Amadu said.
The NFA scribe explained that his reason for copying CAF was to ensure that Nigeria’s second AFCON qualifying match against South Africa went unhindered in Cape Town on Wednesday.
He pointed out that Maigari and his board members was expected back any time from now to ensure election into the board was concluded Sept. 25.
“From the letter we got from FIFA on Sept. 3, it was stated in clear terms that the Maigari-led board will preside over two emergency congresses.
“The first will be to elect members of the Electoral Committee and the Appeals Committee as well as another congress leading to election within the shortest possible time.
“I am not a member of the congress but I know that congress is trying to see that this election is held within the shortest possible time and for us to have election probably by Sept. 25.
“This is to enable the next NFA board to carry out their mandate from 2014 to 2018,’’ Amadu said.
NAN reports that the Giwa-led faction of the NFA board did not show up at the football secretariat on Monday.